Under Pressure Episode 5
Family Ties life Coaching Brenda Saxe and Monica Sigmund
Psalm 73:1 MSG “No doubt about it! God is Good-good to good people, good to the good-hearted. But I nearly missed it, missed seeing His goodness. I was looking the other way, looking up to the people at the top, envying the wicked who have made it, who have nothing to worry about, not a care in the whole wide world.”
Up until very recently this was me, and sometimes, honestly, it still is. Being jealous of those who appear to have it all together. Those who are “successful”, or are “rich”, have the perfect family and home life. I grew up believing in God but unless I was doing my obligatory hour in church on Sunday He wasn’t much of a thought for me. About 6 months ago, though, I started to learn that the way I was raised and the beliefs I’ve held about God aren’t necessarily true. I’ve learned that God loves me for who I am not because of what “right” things I do. I’ve learned that His love is perfect, unconditional, inspiring, strong, forgiving, enduring, faithful!
Being in this pandemic I’ve found myself scrolling on FaceBook-more than usual- and seeing all the perfect homeschool posts. Mom or dad is doing the activity with the kids and everyone is laughing and the paint is on the paper where it's supposed to be. But then I look at our homeschooling experience and we have screaming and fits and paint is all over the floor and it's a hot mess! It starts to really put me in a funk. I start to question my parenting styles and skills. I start to put myself down because our science projects don’t look like their projects.
Then I have to use my conscious awareness to stop, take a deep breath, and relax. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. When you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body. When you take a deep breath your heart rate decreases, your breathing slows, and your blood pressure decreases. Once I have taken a few deep breaths I can bring myself back to reality and think clearly again. Knowing that I do the very best that I can and I’m here to glorify God and not those around me.
Luke 16:15 NIV He said to them “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.
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